Seven things to do around Canberra this weekend (26–28 July)

Zoe Pleasants 25 July 2019 1
Christmas in July, this Sunday at Pialligo Estate. File photo.

Christmas in July, this Sunday at Pialligo Estate. File photo.

It seems like it may be an indoorsy weekend coming up. The National Film and Sound Archive is screening a program of power dressing films; jazz, soul and funk will be oozing out of the Melting Pot in New Acton this Friday night; the Australian World Orchestra is making its Canberra debut at Llewellyn Hall this Saturday; and Pialligo Estate is hosting a Christmas-in-July lunch this Sunday with an amazing menu which includes a butter-poached lobster salad. For something a little more outdoorsy—but not of the healthy, hearty kind—Fyshwick Market’s Niche Markets are celebrating their first birthday this Saturday with champagne, chocolate waffles and a doughnut cake!

All weekend

Ultimate Women’s Weekend

Where: Exhibition Park
When: 10 am–3 pm
The Ultimate Women’s Weekend is a lifestyle and wellbeing expo that encourages women to take some time for themselves while supporting local businesses and charities at the same time (win-win!). There will be seminars and workshops on topics such as nutrition, fitness, wellbeing, personal development and business development; over 100 exhibitors; free pampering; and experience lounges where you can try something new. Check out the stallholders here. Tickets are $14 for adults, $10 for concession, and free for kids under 12. Book here. Sounds like a good excuse to get the girls together.

Power Dressers at NFSA

Where: National Film and Sound Archive
When: Friday 6 pm, Saturday 12 pm & 2 pm
The NFSA’s Dressmaker Costume Exhibition is on for another three weeks and for the remainder of the exhibition, the NFSA is running a season of films which also feature fantastic costumes. This weekend see:

  • Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! (2001), Friday 6 pm
  • Gillian Armstrong’s documentary Women He’s Undressed (2015) about Australian Orry-Kelly who ran the Warner Brothers Costume Department during the golden years of Hollywood, Saturday 12 pm
  • Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot (1959) which stars Marilyn Munroe and the costumes of Orry-Kelly, Saturday 2 pm

Tickets are $10, book here.


Melting Pot

Where: Makeshift, NewActon
When: Doors open at 8 pm for an 8:30 pm start
Melting Pot is on again this weekend. Held on the last Friday of each month in NewActon, Melting Pot is three hours of original and improvised funk, soul, jazz and blues music. Featuring John Mackey on tenor saxophone, Miroslav Bukovsky on trumpet, Greg Stott on guitar, Lachlan Coventry on electric bass, and Mark Sutton on drums. This month the special guest is Steve Sedergreen on piano. Tickets are $27 for adults and $18 for concession if you book online and $32 on the door.


Australian World Orchestra

Where: Llewellyn Hall
When: 7:30 pm
Once a year Australia’s finest classical musicians from home and overseas come together and form the Australian World Orchestra. This year the orchestra will be conducted by its Artistic Director, Alexander Briger and will perform in Canberra for the first time. It will be performing the following three works:

  • Flying Dream (2014) by Nigel Westlake which is a reworking of elements from the film score for the movie Paper Planes. The work reflects the emotional journey of a 12-year-old boy and his father through airy phrases of flight and freedom.
  • Taras Bulba—Rhapsody for Orchestra (1915) by Leos Janacek. Taras Bulba is a Cossak story of forbidden love, defiance, war, tragedy, triumph and loss based o the novel by Nikolai Gogal
  • Symphony No. 2, Op.43, D major (1903) by Jean Sibelius which is considered to be one of the greatest symphonies of modern times.

Tickets from $68, book here.

Rugby League—The Musical

Where: The Street Theatre
When: 7:30 pm
Written and performed by Dennis Carnahan, Rugby League—The Musical is a satirical comedy show about the-greatest-game-of-all and it’s many colourful characters and controversies. Tickets are $40, book here.

Niche Markets Turn 1

Where: Fyshwick Markets
When: 11 am–2 pm
Fyshwick Market’s Niche Markets turn one this weekend and they are celebrating with a day of festivities. Flamingo+Sass will be serving champagne and canapes, Spaza will be cooking up a South African feast, KokoArtisan will be serving decadent chocolate waffles and Urban Jungle will be running a terrarium workshop between 10:30 am–12 pm. Workshop registration costs $65, book here. There will also be a fashion parade between 12–12:30 pm featuring the clothes and accessories of Motherly Instincts Maternity, Flamingo+Sass, Wren & Rabbit Interiors, KaransKloset and The Jewel in the Crown; one-day discounts all-day, pop-up traders, live music, face painting and a raffle with automatic entry for every purchase over $10. And no party is complete without a birthday cake, Kronfe doughnuts will be doing the honours.


Christmas in July

Where: Pialligo Estate
When: 12–3 pm
Pialligo Estate is hosting a Christmas in July long lunch this Sunday. On the menu is a butter-poached lobster salad, Pialligo Estate smoked salmon, duck breast and ham dishes, slow-roasted turkey breast and Estate-grown apple crumble with caramelised fig ice-cream. Check the full menu here. Tickets are $120 for Naughty Adults and $90 for Nice Adults. Naughty Adults need to organise a taxi, Uber or a Nice Adult friend to drive them home because they receive a Christmas cocktail on arrival and enjoy a three-hour wine package. Nice Adults can purchase drinks from the bar. Tickets for kids are $30 and include a two-course meal and a present from under the tree. Gather your family or substitute family and settle in for a long indulgent afternoon complete with Christmas crackers and songs, and conversation starters and question suggestions on the table to draw out juicy gossip and create the much-loved Family Dramas; a Christmas tradition. At least you don’t have to do the washing up! Book tickets here.

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One Response to Seven things to do around Canberra this weekend (26–28 July)
Sempai Pete Sempai Pete 8:17 pm 25 Jul 19

Carry on karaoke is at Eagle Hawk Hotel on Saturday night too

Will be an awesome night

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